On October 7, 2000, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) designated Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary as the nation's first national marine sanctuary in the Great Lakes. Following over a decade of support from partners and the local community, the boundaries of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary were expanded in 2014. Twenty years after designation, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary continues to protect the rich maritime history of the Great Lakes.
Looking for a partner in Great Lakes research? Learn about the sanctuary's resources.
A brief history of the sanctuary.
Learn about what a management plan is and how it is used as a tool for planning activities and setting priorities at the sanctuary.
Find a listing of individual staff members and partners stationed at the sanctuary facility here.